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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Sometimes the most dramatic scenes in a high school theater club are the ones that happen between the actors and crew off stage.

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Darcy's dream of being a writer is starting to feel very real now that he's sold his first short story to a literary journal. He should be celebrating its publication with his two best friends who've always had his back, b
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Random House Children's Books
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May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic
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Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I've read quite a few of the other reviews of this book, and it seems that NO ONE has the same concerns that I have.
This was a good book. I thought the characters seemed pretty realistic for the most part and I liked the style of storytelling. But what bothered me was that no one, excluding the main character, Tyler, seemed to give a damn about the girl in question, Becky.
Tyler has a thing for Becky. He just sees her and starts building fantasies about her. However, she has no friends. Her paren
Susan (Wastepaper Prose)
This is my first Tom Leveen novel and I am head over heels for his writing. You can bet after reading this slim but superb novel about a young man chasing a vision of what he wants instead of appreciating what he has that I will be adding Leveen's other novels to my shelf.

Manicpixiedreamgirl opens on Tyler Darcy and his friends Rob and Justin celebrating after Tyler sells a short story to a literary magazine. After three years of pining for Rebecca, Tyler's forced to decide whether it's time to
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once again, in Manicpixiedreamgirl, Leveen writes realistic, edgy teen characters that tug at your heartstrings and make you root for their ultimate triumph.

As Manicpixiedreamgirl opens, Tyler and his two friends are celebrating the publication of one of Tyler's stories in a magazine. The three of them are all in various stages of intoxication in a city park. Tyler is receiving texts and phone calls from two different girls--Syd, who has been his steady girlfriend for two years, and Becky, who h
Jen Ryland
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Manicpixiedream girl is about a boy who drifts into a relationship he's not that into because he can't bring himself to reach out to the girl he's really interested in.

The book switches between the past and the present, between the aftermath of Tyler's girlfriend discovering that he's obsessed with another girl and his prior encounters with Becky, the girl in question. The flashback s
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Random House for offering this ARC on This is the second Tom Leeven ARC I have received and read. I loved Zero and Loved Manicpixiedreamgirl even more. Leveen's first book, Party, gave me some mixed feelings, but Zero was great and Manicpixiedreamgirl just proves that Leveen is getting better and better. His characters are real and avoid stereotypes. They are not "all bad" or "all good," they are characters who live in grey, who make good decisions and poor ones...ju ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
"manicpixiedreamgirl"? i am in. i am so in. i am really, super in. requesting from the library now, omg.

after reading: okay, so this was pretty standard ya fare. no exceptional writing style or imagery or anything like that. leveen does a good job of making tyler both a real human and an obvious caricature of all those teenage boys who build women into goddesses and innocent flowers at the same time. spoiler alert: becky is a human being!

pretty nice slap in the face to the manic pixie dream girl
Carla Martinez
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't like Tyler Darcy.. He has a girlfriend but he's in love with someone else. Cheater. But yeah, good book though. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Absolutely, positively enjoyed every minute of this.

Best male narration since John Green's Paper Towns. Need to get my hands on more of Leveen's work.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
For some reason, this book just didn't really grab me. I did try. I didn't even end up skimming, as it was so short. I couldn't connect though. I just found it so dull. Only two of the characters were ever really developed, the MC and the love interest and I honestly found them to be pretty cliche. They weren't compelling in the slightest. Also, I really do despise Tyler. He was an absolute jerk to his girlfriend and she actually put up with it for some reason. Again, she was not developed in th ...more
Petty Lisbon
Mar 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've read and enjoyed some of Tom's other books so I thought I would at least enjoy this but the main character being a weirdo over the titular Manic Pixie Dream Girl was too annoying and even if they mentioned the trope, they didn't really address it at all.
Jennifer Strand
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really want to jump into the pages of this book and give Becky some much needed parental love.

Liked this one an awful lot. Strong characters and lots of awkward.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a bad book. Well written with some ok dialogue. But the main character wasn't particularly likable, to me. Interesting read
C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
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You know the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She's Natalie Portman in Garden State. She's Summer in 500 Days of Summer, for a while. Ramona in Scott Pilgrim. Eccentric, adorably quirky savior of the brooding bad boy. She's the girl (or guy) you watched from afar in high school, invented daydreams about, held on a pedestal. Leveen plays with this most common of experiences in an authentic and clever way, creating the brooding boy Tyler and the dream girl
Audrey Wilkerson
Rating: 3.5

The Low Down: Ever since he first saw her freshman year, Tyler Darcy has been drawn to Becky Webb like a moth to the flame. She has no idea of his almost obsession with her; after all, in the beginning, he can’t bring himself to speak to her, much less spill his secrets. All his friends know of his infatuation, hell, even his girlfriend knows. Syd is beautiful, smart and so cool. Why she puts up with his fixation is beyond him. But every chance he gets, he looks for Becky. Thinks abou
Katie Fitzgerald
Tyler Darcy is seventeen, and he's had a crush on the same girl, Rebecca Webb, since the first time he saw her freshman year. Becky is clearly troubled, mostly because of how poorly her parents treat her, but in Tyler's eyes, she is perfect. Throughout four years of high school, though he is dating someone else, Tyler writes stories about Becky, in which she is a straight-A student and a famous actress. In the meantime, Becky shines onstage in school drama productions (on which Tyler operates th ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sometimes a cover on the front page of your library's e-book website randomly catches your attention, and you click on the preview button, and the first page turns out to be edgy and interesting and funny, and the next thing you know you're reading the rest of the book, even as it loses all its charm and just leaves you wanting to shake some sense into everyone involved.

To be fair, MPDG isn't entirely without interest, humor, and realism. But it never gets close to reaching its potential; it's
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, library
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Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I love the title, but I don't love the cover. So I was okay with this book, but I hated the main character. Tyler starts high school, and falls in love at first sight with a girl, but does not actually meet or talk to her. He basically just stalks her for the entire book, even while he has a girlfriend. She knows he is love with the other girl, but she figures he is never going to hook up with her because he can't even talk to her so she is probably fine. I am torn between liking the book, and h ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the most dramatic scenes in a high school theater club are the ones that happen between the actors and crew off stage.

With this sentence, I was hooked and knew that I must read this book. Tom Leveen made me a believer in his talent with his novel Zero and amazed me even more with manicpixiedreamgirl. His writing is dynamic and honest and REAL. He draws the reader in with his character development and overwhelms us with his storytelling. Pure genius. Leveen just gets it right.

The stor
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Manicpixiedreamgirl had me at the title. I knew exactly what this book was going to be about without even reading the blurb, and I was excited for it. Alternating between the one night that changes everything, and the three years leading up to it, we follow Tyler as he pines after Becky. He saw her on the first day of high school and she stayed with him, even though they didn't speak until he joined the drama club sophomore year. But by then he was dating Sydney. Now he has his chance to see if ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Real rating: Between 2.5 and 3 stars. It was okay.

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It's a bit of a struggle for me to put into words how I feel about Manicpixiedreamgirl. But what I do know for sure is that the author did an amazing job of creating an authentic seventeen-year-old boy in Tyler Darcy. Everything from the dialogue with his two best friends to his innermost thoughts to his angsty outbursts felt so real. A regular guy with a talent for writin
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Words cannot even begin to explain how much I loved this book. I don't know what it is, but I just could not put this one down. I finished this in one day. During finals week. That's gotta tell you something!

The moment Tyler Darcy sees Rebecca Webb, he's a goner. For the next three years, Tyler continues to obsess over Becky and everything about her, even though he starts dating Sydney at the end of freshman year. There's just something about Becky he can't get out of his head. Tyler's a writer,
Liza Wiemer
Mar 27, 2013 added it
Shelves: arc
Quick read, romantic, and at times heartbreaking.

This was my first Tom Leveen novel, and I'm totally hooked. I'll definitely be adding his other books to my to-read list. I loved how Leveen alternated between narrating the story in the present and then in the past, allowing Manicpixiedreamgirl to unfold and keep me interested. Tyler Darcy narrates his obsession for a girl named Becky, which started on his first day of his freshman year of high school. He watches Becky from a distance and asks h
Cheyenne Teska
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
It starts with a girl. She's not just any girl, but the girl of Tyler's dreams. From the first moment he locks eyes with her, he knows that he's done for. Though we try to move on, sometimes there's just the smallest bit of hope that keeps us from letting go. Tom Leveen's Manicpixiedreamgirl shows what it's like to be stuck on the thought of someone you may never be able to have.

The story is set over the span of one night, with various flashbacks to help the reader get a better feel of each char
Mike Wittmann
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable read for me. I randomly picked it up at the library after the title and back summary caught my eye.

It's a story of a quiet high school boy (Tyler) in a secret love for the girl of his dreams, a quiet mysterious quirky manic-pixie-dream-girl named Rebecca. Though the plot may start predictable, the book takes a life of its own as the story unfolds.

Tyler's crush starts the very first day of their freshmen year of high school, although by Christmas, he is dating another
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a rather short and quick read that packs a great story into its pages. The characters are complex and seem like real people. The story is engaging and keeps the reader invested the entire time, making this a great book.


Tyler is a fantastic male POV protagonist. He is pretty much obsessed with Rebecca Webb, and this obsession sometimes hurts his relationships. For example, he isn't really fair to his girlfriend, Sydney. She's a good person, yet he has such a hu
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary
I like Manicpixiedreamgirl.

I was introduced to Tom Leveen's work in Zero. I liked how realistic his depiction of teen life is, and in the same manner, that's how it went for me in Manicpixiedreamgirl.

After years of watching Becky from afar, Tyler hasn't shake off the feelings he have for that girl. Sure, they became friends, but is that all he can be? Tyler wonders if he can pursue the girl at last, while he was still experiencing the high of having his work published.

First off, Tyler's treatmen
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Manicpixiedreamgirl actually was surprisingly good, something I wouldn't have guessed by only looking at the cover. For one thing, I loved reading about a writer. Tyler is realistic and familiar, at least to me. He is really moved by his muse, Becky Webb, and I liked watching him slowly come to realize that, no matter how you paint your muse, they are still human. Becky Webb is an especially realistic and complex character. While she is predictable, there are many layers to her character that be ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Tom Leveen is the author of nine novels with imprints of Random House, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, and more. He has written with Todd McFarlane on SPAWN, the comic book series, and released five independent books.

Recently an early literacy specialist with Phoenix Public Library, Tom has nine years of previous library work experience. He also has 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and di
“However, since I lacked the testicular fortitude to make contact with Becky, I went ahead and called Sydney the next afternoon and met her at the mall that night.” 1 likes
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